We never expected them to get so close. Leonard says there was a large school of fish near his boat that suddenly scattered. It was just chaos out there, he said. All of sudden the fish got nervous. Just moments later, the humpback whale popped up from the water only a few feet from Leonard, his brother Mike and his dad, Bob. I didnt think we were in danger. I think they know what they are doing, Leonard said. They know where the boats are. I think they are smart enough to know that. The close encounter was one he says hell remember for the rest of his life. And as it turns out, its not his familys only brush with the local whale population. A couple of years ago, a live pilot whale washed up on the shore, Leonard said. My brother just lives three blocks down from me, and he raced out there when he heard, and saved the whale. He helped it get back out to sea. While whale sightings so close to the shore are rare, theyre not totally unprecedented. A marine environmental scientist told CBS New York that the whales were likely in the middle of their annual migration toward waters in the Caribbean.
New York creates state-wide court system to help prostitutes
NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte was the co-star of the most emotional moment seen at either Yankee Stadium in many years tonight, when he and Derek Jeter went to the mound to get Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 4-0 loss to the Rays. It was a special moment for all three, but especially for Pettitte and Rivera, because over the past 19 years, Mo has saved 72 of Pettitte’s 255 career wins, the most productive starter-closer tandem in baseball history. That is why, when Pettitte reached the mound, Rivera pulled him into a bear hug and wouldn’t let go, the tears streaming freely from Rivera’s eyes, an incredibly intimate moment shared with nearly 50,000 live spectators and who knows how many more in front of televisions around the country. Pettitte’s Place Rank ‘Em “I dont even know how to explain it because I wasnt expecting it,” Pettitte said. “There was so much emotion running through him, I guess, and I felt he didnt want to let go so I just kept hugging him, so I just stayed with it. I was just gonna go with it as long as he wanted to stay out there.” Pettitte said he wasn’t entirely on board with manager Joe Girardi’s plan to have him and Jeter, both teammates with Rivera since 1995 and all members of five Yankee World Championship teams, remove Mo from the game — “I was like, ‘Oh, man, I don’t know if that’s a good idea, it might be a little weird” — but changed his opinion when the reality of what happened on that mound washed over him. “But it was so cool, just so cool. It was a great moment,” Pettitte said. “It was something that obviously I’ll never forget.” Pettitte said that while Rivera was weeping, he was telling his longtime friend and teammate that he loved him and that it was an honor to have played alongside him. And, he admitted, an internal film loop of the highlights of his own distinguished Yankees career began playing in his own head. “It all was going through my head,” he said. “Everything weve done, all weve been through. Its all been so special. Its crazy how fast it went by, you know? Its been really cool.” Pettitte, who is heading into retirement himself and will make his last career start Friday against his former club, the Astros, in Houston, had his own moment of tribute when the crowd began chanting his name and his teammates urged him to take a curtain call.
“It is in every sense a form of modern-day slavery,” Lippman said at a forum hosted by the Citizens Crime Commission in New York City. “We have come to recognize that the vast majority of children and adults charged with prostitution offenses are commercially exploited or at risk of exploitation.” The announcement came on the same day that U.S. advisers released a report calling for tougher laws to prevent children and teenagers from being sold for sex and recommending that youthful sex workers be treated as victims, not criminals. The report, issued by researchers at the National Academies, said the United States is still “in the very early stages” of addressing the issue. The New York initiative is intended to serve as a model for other states, Lippman said. By the end of October, 11 human trafficking intervention courts will be operating throughout the state. Some 3,700 individuals were charged in New York State with prostitution and related crimes last year. Every prostitution case not resolved at arraignment via a guilty plea or dismissal will be transferred to the special courts, where judges will determine with prosecutors and defense attorneys whether individual defendants are in need of services. The courts will link defendants with shelters, healthcare and drug treatment services, job training, education and other resources, and charges will be dismissed or reduced based on compliance with court-directed programs. In recent years, New York has passed a series of laws aimed at shifting the focus of prosecutions from sex workers to the pimps that employ them and the johns that hire them. The state made sex trafficking a crime in 2007, giving prosecutors a new tool to go after those who profit from prostitution. The legislature also passed a law allowing prostitution defendants under the age of 18 to enter into diversion programs and avoid jail time. The average sex worker first enters the industry in the United States at age 12 to 14, Lippman said. There is no clear data on how many young Americans are sold for sex. Estimates range from 1,400 to 2.4 million, according to the National Academies report, and experts say any tally is likely low because such crimes often go unreported.